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The conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court got smaller in 2018 when Rebecca Dallet was elected. Now liberals have a chance of winning the next two elections to gain a majority. more

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Lauren Justice

Justice Shirley Abrahamson discussed her life, career and challenges as a woman attorney with longtime friend, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb. more

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David Michael Miller

Anger is energizing; Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate; Democrats should advance their most boring candidate to run against Walker in November. more

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Judge Rebecca Dallet’s election will alter the state Supreme Court’s ideological balance, leaving conservatives with just a 4-3 edge instead of a 5-2 domination. more

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Conservative Judge Michael Screnock has benefited from the state’s new campaign spending limits in his Supreme Court bid, raking in $260,000 more than he would have under the old rules. Opponent Judge Rebecca Dallet has seen a negligible bump. more

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In the state Supreme Court race, Michael Screnock has branded his opponent, Rebecca Dallet, as “a liberal activist judge” while claiming he is free of partisan, political or ideological intent. This is, in his case, an audacious falsehood. more

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Progressives miss a sure bet at getting another seat on the state Supreme Court in low-turnout primary. The liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet will face conservative Judge Michael Screnock in April 3 general election. more

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Conservatives have increased their hold on the Wisconsin Supreme and now hold a 5-to-2 majority. But this year could mark the end of that trend — if the conservative contender for the job does not survive the primary and make it onto the ballot. more

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Conservative Justice Michael Gableman pushed through a proposal to hide administrative court proceedings from public view. In doing so, he treated two women justices from the liberal camp, who are far more distinguished than he is, with contempt. more

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David Michael Miller

Republican-backed State Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler ran unopposed, winning a second 10-year term. Given the fury over Trump and the November elections, a liberal challenger would have had a chance. more

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They want strict thresholds for when judges have to recuse themselves. High campaign donations have led citizens to “rightfully ask whether justice is for sale.” more

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David Michael Miller

You can trace the political decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court to kill the John Doe probe back to one group in particular: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. more

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Do conservatives endorse seeking donations from wealthy donors in exchange for special favors? Do conservatives think political campaigns should be free to coordinate with outside groups? Leaked John Doe documents force these questions. more

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On Friday afternoon, Gov. Scott Walker selected Daniel Kelly to be the state's next Supreme Court justice. Kelly has compared affirmative action to slavery and criticized same-sex marriage. more

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The three finalists Gov. Scott Walker is considering for state Supreme Court are predictably conservative. But one of them, attorney Daniel Kelly, believes affirmative action is as bad as slavery and calls same-sex marriage “coerced dignity.” more

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser will leave the bench July 31, just five years into his 10-year term. Gov. Scott Walker will be able to appoint another justice that is all but certain to reaffirm the court’s conservative slant. more

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Andy Manis

JoAnne Kloppenburg lost in the high-spending campaign for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. Her supporters say she was defeated not by Justice Rebecca Bradley, but by “M-O-N-E-Y.” more

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David Michael Miller

​Justice Rebecca Bradley raised $100,000 more than her Supreme Court opponent, Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, in the latest reporting period. Bradley is also getting more support from dark-money groups. more

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David Michael Miller

​In a monumental battle for the state Supreme Court, Justice Rebecca Bradley and Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg advance vastly different views of the role of law. Will money be the deciding factor in the April 5 election? more

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​Wisconsin Alliance for Reform spent $1 million urging residents to call Justice Rebecca Bradley’s office. Although the ads failed to generate many phones calls, it got Bradley’s name on the TV and radio ahead of last month’s primary. more

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